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Japan Center, San Francisco

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The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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  • There are a bunch of authentic Japanese restaurants around the center with good food and reasonable prices. Recommended by a friend who lived for many years in Japan. Good movie theater here also.  more »
  • Bathrooms clean! We were there on a rainy day, so not sure how this might have changed the review. We walked the "self-guided" tour and found it very lacking in activity. The buildings are interesting...  more »
  • Nothing spectacular but still to be seen, small and somewhat dated Mall full of restaurants and shops where you can buy Japanese products.
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  • Beautiful clean mall with all things Japanese. The restaurants serve delicious food. Keep in mind that the center is two buildings. I almost left before seeing the rest of the center.
  • A great mall, with a very nice Daiso and Nijyia. They have many delicious restaurants and plenty of great shops from adorable Japanese sundries and collectibles, to plenty of Beauty Shops, including now multiple K-Beauty stores. Most importantly they have a large low priced parking garage, which is like finding a unicorn in San Francisco.
  • Definitely a spot that really embodies the spirit and style of Japan. It really was like stepping out of America and into a spot of Japan. The Japan centre is essentially a mix of shops and restaurants. A real otakus dream for merchandise. A place for beauty products from Asia. A place for authentic food and goodies.
  • It's an amazing cultural Hub where you're most likely to hear Japanese spoken aloud rather than any other language. The signs are all both in English and Japanese it's really cool
  • Lots of cool small stores and restaurants. Fun to wander and look around. Very mall like.

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